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Temple Highlights in Bagan

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The first time we did a temple post was when we did our tour in Kyoto. That time we split it up into two posts with a ton of info. This time  we’re just going to showcase some photos and cut to the chase.

Let’s face it, neither you nor I will remember the names of all these Burmese temples in the long run.

But maybe we will secure a spot in your memory with these snapshots.

A little bit of history before I get started.

Bagan, with its 2,200 temples has the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples in the world. Many of these date back to the 11th and 12th century, though at the time there stood as many as 13,000. Bagan’s glory days started in the 9th century with King Anawratha, who united Burma under Theravada Buddhism, but unfortunately when the city was invaded by the Mongols in 1287 it became nothing more than a small village.

The best way to view the ruins is by bicycle, as the area is fairly flat and the temples are spaced close together. The design and structure of the temples differ greatly from one another and with them being in various stages of aging there is plenty to see.

As we headed out for the day of exploring we stumbled upon a wedding procession right outside our hotel. A worthy delay.

wedding in bagan



Off to a good start.

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Some of them looked completely different.


And sometimes you need a break from temples to examine the beautiful sand paintings sold on the premises.

sand painting





All in all Bagan is simply magical and not to be missed on a Burma trip.

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4 Responses to Temple Highlights in Bagan

  1. I am just dying to visit Myanmar. LOVE these photos … and what luck stumbling across a wedding procession. I love amazing travel moments like that.

    Barbara March 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM Reply
    • When the procession came it was just me so I had to run and get Vicky from the hostel before it went away!

      Dave and Vicky March 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM Reply
  2. I’m in awe of architecture like this I’m a secret history nerd and love imagining all the events that the building has seen. To be able to explore the area by bike must be brilliant. Great photos guys.

    Charli l Wanderlusters March 22, 2013 at 6:09 AM Reply
    • Thanks Charli – definitely the high light of Burma for us

      Dave and Vicky March 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM Reply

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